X-raid to appeal against Peterhansel decision

The X-raid team has announced it will be appealing against the Dakar Rally stewards' decision not to penalise Stephane Peterhansel.

X-raid lodged a protest against Peterhansel after Monday's stage, stating that the Peugeot driver was not allowed to refuel his car in the non-timed zone.

However, after a day of deliberations, the Dakar stewards cleared Peterhansel of wrongdoing - and their decision will now be challenged by X-raid.

A statement by the team reads: "The Stewards have made a decision regarding the protest, which we do not agree with.

"This is why we have decided to appeal this decision as per our rights in the sporting regulations and the FIA International Sporting Code, and will take our case to the ASN [National Sporting Authority] , the FFSA [Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile], National Court of Appeals."

Should the stewards' decision be reversed, Peterhansel could face exclusion from the event.

The Frenchman currently sits second to teammate Carlos Sainz, while X-raid's leading Mini drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mikko Hirvonen are third and fourth respectively.

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Drivers Stéphane Peterhansel
Article type Breaking news